West Ham United suffered a major setback with their failed bid for Maxi Gomez but could a controversial former Chelsea star be the answer?
West Ham have been pushing hard to try and sign Gomez all summer.
But the move was called off after West Ham failed to agree a payment structure with Celta Vigo (Sky Sports).
That leaves Manuel Pellegrini with less than four weeks to sign an alternative.
West Ham linked with plethora of strikers
A plethora of strikers have been linked with West Ham prior to and since the failed move for Gomez.
Now reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has backed suggestions Pellegrini should move for ex Chelsea forward Diego Costa.
The 30-year-old is out of favour at Atletico Madrid and has been linked with a move to Wolves (Birmingham Mail).
Costa enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Chelsea where he scored 60 goals in 120 games, exactly one every other match.
He was a thorn in West Ham’s side on several occasions during his three years in the Premier League.
Fancy a Costa? Hammers insider does
But he left the Blues under a cloud after being told by Antonio Conte he was surplus to requirement at Stamford Bridge.
Responding to a fan who highlighted Costa could be available ‘on the cheap’ ExWHUemployee said: “Just been speaking about that and agree would be a great signing.”
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 9, 2019
Costa is actually very similar in style to Gomez so could represent a very intelligent signing for West Ham.
The only question marks would be over the player’s attitude and temperament.
Costa famously downed tools to try and force a move to China (Express).
Sound familiar West Ham fans?
Questionable attitude, unquestionable pedigree
Costa would be a magnificent focal point for West Ham’s attack and would have lots young, fresh, creative legs around him.
He also knows the Premier League and London so would not need time to adjust and settle in England.
In many ways it makes perfect sense.
And if Wolves are in for the striker then West Ham should expect to be able to attract him too.
But at the moment it is just gossip and suggestion, there have been no official reports that any move is in the offing.
Perhaps it should be, though.